New Garmin Edge 1040 gets solar charging, USB-C setup and app

The all-new Garmin Edge 1040 Solar bike computer runs for up to 100 hours by charging with sunlight on the go, according to the brand.

The new model appears to be broadly similar to the outgoing Garmin Edge 1030 Plus, one of the best bike computers we’ve tested, but it’s supposed to offer improved GPS and more data analysis while riding.

Garmin has also ditched the old-school micro-USB charging port in favor of the now common USB-C standard.

The top-end Garmin Edge 1040 Solar costs £629.99 / €749.99 / $749.99 / AU$1,299. Buy the Garmin Edge 1040 Solar by Garmin

The Garmin Edge 1040 has the same features except for solar charging. This model will set you back £519.99 / €599.99 / $599.99 / AU$999.99. Buy the Garmin Edge 1040 by Garmin

Solar charging and improved GPS connectivity

The new computer has solar charging.

Describing the Edge 1040 Solar as the “pinnacle of GPS bike computers”, Garmin says the new device is “ready for any adventure – from remote gravel trails to epic climbs”.

Solar charging on the new Edge 1040 Solar is provided by Power Glass, which integrates photovoltaic charging into the display of the bike computer. The same technology is used in some of Garmin’s high-end smartwatches.

Garmin claims the Edge 1040 offers improved connectivity.

The new computer also benefits from multi-GNSS GPS connectivity. This system is a combination of three of the world’s leading navigation systems – GPS, GLONASS and Galileo. Garmin claims this provides more reliable tracking than GPS alone.

Garmin has rolled out GNSS to all of its new devices, including the Garmin Fenix ​​7, which launched in January 2022.

Application based configuration

Settings for the new Edge 1040 can now be adjusted through the Garmin Connect app. Wahoo has had equivalent functionality on its computers since launch, and it has long been a feature requested by Garmin users.

We’ve asked Garmin to confirm whether this will roll out to existing computers in the brand’s range.

Plus, Garmin’s new Cycling Ability features suggest how to improve your riding to tackle a targeted race or event.

Subtle aesthetic updates

The new computer appears to be nearly identical in shape to the outgoing 1030 Plus.

The overall form factor of the new Edge 1040 series appears to be very similar (if not identical) to the outgoing Edge 1030 Plus, although no specific dimensions have been shared by Garmin.

A silver band now surrounds the exterior of the computer, and concentric bands are molded into the back of the case.

The Edge 1040 features the same size 3.5-inch touchscreen display as the brand’s previous flagship computer. However, Garmin claims the new head unit has a more customizable homepage and an improved ride summary page.

USB-C charging

In a move that will be welcomed by many, the new Garmin Edge 1040 does away with the micro-USB port seen on the 1030 Plus in favor of a USB-C charging port.

Besides adding solar charging, USB-C charging port and GNSS compatibility, a Garmin spokesperson confirmed to BikeRadar that the hardware used in the new Edge 1040 is the same as the outgoing 1030 Plus.

The Garmin Edge 1040 retains the brand’s existing safety features, including LiveTrack, and is compatible with the brand’s Varia RCT715 taillight.

As with the Edge 1030 Plus, the Garmin Connect app will transfer all riding and user profiles, as well as connected sensors from all existing Edge computers.

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